Day: April 17, 2020

NASRC Announces New Incentives Program for Natural Refrigerants

Read the full story in Contracting Business.

The North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council (NASRC) announced today it will soon begin an Aggregated Incentives Program (AIP) designed to accelerate funding for natural refrigerant technologies. The program will provide a platform to coordinate various sources of funding and streamline the incentive application process for retailers. AIP will be piloted in California, with a goal to expand the program nationally in the future. 

NASRC plans to align the AIP with the launch of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) F-gas Reduction Incentive Program (FRIP), expected to open for solicitations this summer. Given the unprecedented pressures retailers are facing to provide essential resources to their communities throughout the COVID-19 situation, the launch date may be adjusted accordingly. 

Jokes are a surprisingly effective way to talk about climate change

Read the full story from The Hill.

A new study analyzed the power of humor in engaging the public on important issues.

Now Peep This! Announcing the Winners of #PeepYourScience 2020

Read the full story from The Open Notebook.

They had us at “That’s so significant” and “That’s a great fit!”—that’s what Peeps data scientists say when they see a great model walking down the runway. Then they had us giggling at a poop-sniffing Peep pup who tracks jaguars in the Argentpeepa forest. They wowed us with a passionate portrayal of young women activist Peeps … entranced us with an historical peepspective on the importance of hand washing … and awed us with the almost alchemical transformation of peeps into foam, … and on, and on.

We could spend days extolling the peeptacular virtues of every marshmallow creation submitted to the second-annual World’s Finest Science-Themed Peeps Diorama Contest.

Find Your Way Coloring Pages

National Wildlife Refuges offer many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and catch a glimpse of some of our nation’s colorful fish and wildlife. If you can’t enjoy it in person, take a break and experience these places through the Find Your Way coloring page series from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Kiewit, MHI and Sargent & Lundy partnering on carbon-capture retrofit at Illinois gas-fired plant

Read the full story in Power Engineering.

Three companies which worked together on the first commercial & utility-scale carbon capture project in the U.S. are reuniting on another major effort intent on aiming for net-zero operations.

Kiewit Engineering Group, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America and Sargent & Lundy are working under the direction of the Prairie Research Institute within the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to complete a front-end engineering design (FEED) study for the retrofit of the Prairie State Generating Station in Marissa, Illinois.

The purpose of the study is to design a system that would capture 95 percent of carbon emissions at the facility and incorporate additional carbon offset strategies to achieve a net-zero operation. The FEED study is made possible through funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and administered by the National Energy Technology Laboratory.

This study is for the largest post-combustion carbon capture facility in the world with the intent to be “shovel ready” at the completion of the study.

Garbage increased 40 percent in some areas. Here’s how to minimize waste, keep crews safe

Read the full story from WJLA.

As more people stay home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, more household trash is piling up.

Since mid-March, Fairfax County and the City of Alexandria have reported an increase of up to 40% in residential trash tonnage.

Residents are now being asked to minimize waste, as the increase in trash is putting a strain on regional waste management systems.

As collection crews continue to provide this essential service, they are asking residents minimize waste and follow some guidelines to help keep them safe.

Mr. Trash Wheel’s secret society recruiting third pledge class of environmental stewards

Read the full story from Baltimore Fishbowl.

The Order of the Wheel has emerged once again to recruit new pledges dedicated to protecting local waterways and the environment, the Waterfront Partnership announced Monday.

The not-so-secret society, which was formed in 2018 in the name of Baltimore’s beloved Mr. Trash Wheel and his fellow garbage-gobbling, water-dwelling, googly-eyed friends, is recruiting members for its third pledge class.

Pledges can answer the Order of the Wheel’s call by completing five tasks over five weeks–which have been specially designed for families to do while staying at home and social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

2020 Indiana P2 Conference & Tradeshow – Call for Presentation Speakers

Read the full call for presentation speakers from the Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention.

The Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention (Partners) is looking for presenters to speak at the 23rd Annual Pollution Prevention Conference and Trade Show on September 16, 2020 at the Marriott North in Indianapolis. The Annual Conference and Trade Show is attended by
manufacturers, consultants, not-for-profits, government agencies, and vendors interested in promoting pollution prevention efforts in Indiana and beyond. Information about the 2020 Conference is now available along with presentations from the 2019 conference.

Topics of interest include success stories, completed pollution prevention projects (water, air, energy, etc), implemented reduction plans via manufacturing efficiency, green chemistry and engineering, emerging technologies for waste reduction and treatment, and resource conservation. Presentations that discuss the intersection of sustainability and environmental stewardship with pollution prevention are highly sought. Presentations that are technical in nature and can provide continuing education units (CEU) for wastewater operator/apprentice, drinking water operator, legal, and professional engineer credits will be given highest
consideration.

Submissions must be received by April 30, 2020

Distilleries Refit to Fill Hand-Sanitizer Gap

Read the full story at ProFood World.

During World War II, Ford made tanks instead of cars and Maytag made plane parts instead of washing machines. With hand sanitizer being the small-arms munitions of today’s pandemic crisis, cosmetics and distilleries are joining the war effort.

Solve Climate by 2030 webinar offers ideas to effect change across the state

Read the full story from the University of Missouri St. Louis.

An audience of more than 200 college and high school students logged in last Tuesday evening for a webinar presenting actionable steps Missouri can take over the next decade to address the problem of climate change.

Theresa Coble, the E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Experiential and Family Education in the College of Education at the University of Missouri–St. Louis joined colleagues from Washington University in St. Louis’ Climate Change Program to organize the statewide event.

It was part of “Solve Climate by 2030,” a nationwide teach-in coordinated by faculty at Bard College in New York to generate enthusiasm for and accelerate state-level climate action by spotlighting ambitious, yet feasible ways to effect change. Similar sessions took place simultaneously in nearly all 50 states as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and several countries.

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